Linz hitting back
October, 16th 2015 | A Story by cdmediateam | Photos: GEPA Pictures.
In the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga the EHC LIWEST Black Wings Linz managed to take revenge for the 0:3-home defeat a week ago. In their second encounter of the season the Dornbirner Eishockey Club came out on the short end. Linz won in Dornbirn 1:0 in OT. The Black Wings are remaining close on leader Znojmo’s heels.
About 2.310 hockey fans in the Messestadion got to witness a fast-paced first period. Both teams were causing quite a bit of commotion in front of each other’s goalie, but both opponents were not able to succeed. The Bulldogs missed out twice on turning a powerplay situation to advantage. But on the other side Linz, who currently got the league’s most successful powerplay, wasn’t able to use a 5 on 4 either. Thus the first period ended 0:0.
In the second period Dornbirn was dominating the match for a while. But once again the Bulldogs did not manage to turn their chances to account. The Black Wings’ defense and their most convincing goalie Michael Ouzas were preventing the visiting team from falling behind. Shortly before the second intermission Dornbirn had to accept two penalties (too many men & unsportsmanlike conduct), which offered Linz the chance to demonstrate their powerplay skills. But DEC-goalie Florian Hardy and his teammates were once more capable of blasting the guests’ hopes.
Match got decided in OT
The game was evenly-matched in the third period as well. There were several chances on both sides, but none of the teams managed to put the puck in the net. Until — in overtime — Andrew Kozek scored for the game winning goal. Nicely assisted by Brett McLean, Kozek not only made for the only goal of the night, but also for the Black Wings’ 1:0-victory in Dornbirn.